History Book Reviews (page 936)

THE NEW SUPERREGIONS OF EUROPE by Darrell Delamaide
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 17, 1994

"That problem notwithstanding, Superregions is full of good ideas, and a fine guide for researchers, businesspeople and others interested in Europe's—and everyone's—future. (10 maps—not seen)"
An engaging look at Europe's economic prospects, forcefully demonstrating that the continent's future will depend on furthering regional alliances that transcend outmoded and restrictive national boundaries. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 1994

"Hoyt adds nothing to our knowledge of Mussolini and, though claiming to take a fresh look at Il Duce, seems only to confirm that he was a repugnant figure whose rule was a disaster for Italy."
In this odd revisionist biography of Mussolini, Tokyo-based journalist and historian Hoyt (Now Hear This, 1993, etc. etc.) unconvincingly argues that the Fascist leader ``deserves a better rating than he has yet been given in the West.'' Elected prime minister after the 1922 ``March on Rome,'' Mussolini soon established Europe's first modern dictatorship. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 1994

"History in an intimate, personal vein. (16 pages b&w photographs—not seen)"
A descendant's affectionate and affecting account of those who helped make Patton a celebrated family name in the often violent annals of the New World. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 16, 1994

"More an artifact than a full exposition of the issues involved, but a primary source response to a craven episode in nomination history."
The nominee for assistant attorney general for civil rights who was dumped by President Clinton in the face of right-wing pressure offers the academic writings that were distorted into soundbites and led to her being labeled a ``quota queen'' by the Wall Street Journal and others. Read full book review >
GOING UP COUNTRY by John Coyne
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 9, 1994

"Immensely diverse, often clever, unfailingly gripping as volunteers reach through barriers of tradition and culture to touch other lives, while a series of epiphanies blows their minds clear as a moonscape."
Novelist Coyne (Child of Shadows, Fury, etc.), once a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia, edits a sheaf of lively essays close to his heart. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 9, 1994

"An urgent and, after the Long Island Railroad massacre, sadly timely wake-up call to stop America's 'new tyranny' of gun violence."
A frightening tour through America's gun culture by way of a single weapon — a semiautomatic hailed by its manufacturer as "the gun that made the '80s roar," and a single criminal — a troubled Virginia teenager who used the gun in a terrifying rampage. Read full book review >
ZLATA'S DIARY by Zlata Filipovic
HISTORY
Released: March 7, 1994

"But that's history's fault, not Zlata's. (First serial rights to Newsweek)"
Originally published in Croat by UNICEF, this is the wartime diary of a Sarajevo girl who has since moved to Paris. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 1994

"Occasionally overdetailed, but, still, a grand, interpretive retelling of an epic chapter in the westward course of empire—with considerable appeal for lay-readers as well as scholars."
For either longterm consequences or immediate drama, there are few conflicts in history to rival that between Montezuma and Hernan Cortes. Read full book review >
RICHTHOFEN by Peter Kilduff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 1994

"Albatrosses, Fokkers, Nieuports, Sopwiths, Spads, etc. A vivid, tellingly detailed account of a master airman and the convulsive conflict in which he made a name for himself. (Photos- -not seen)"
A meticulously researched biography that reclaims WW I's unchallenged ace of aces from the mists and myths of time. Read full book review >
A NECESSARY END by Nick Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 1994

"A heartbreaker about caring, with no easy answers."
In replaying his watch over the last six years of his parents' lives as they become ever more infirm, Taylor (Ordinary Miracles, 1993; Sins of the Father, 1989, etc.) reminds us of Shakespeare's warning that ``death, a necessary end,/Will come when it will come.'' Death is easy. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1994

"And his subject, genocide in Eastern Europe, is right up to date."
In the summer of 1942, the Nazis rounded up 300,000 Jews at the Umschlagplatz (Transfer Square) in Warsaw for deportation to death camps. Read full book review >
CHASED by Billy Chase
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"Serious, intriguing stuff rendered trite with hyperbole and tough-guy talk."
The melodramatic saga of Connecticut narcotics agent Chase, who infiltrated drug gangs from street dealers to the Gambino crime family. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >